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ACLU, NAACP and Other Groups Offer Expertise to Assist Schools in Moving from “Zero Tolerance” Policies to “Rethink Discipline”

ACLU, NAACP and Other Groups Offer Expertise to Assist Schools in Moving from “Zero Tolerance” Policies to “Rethink Discipline”

2017-08-15 00:00:00

In the wake of recent laws dramatically reworking Michigan’s previously harsh “zero tolerance” student discipline policies, a group of eight organizations is reaching out to state schools to assist them in implementing new practices.

ACLU of Michigan Responds to Backlash Against Proposed School Guidelines

ACLU of Michigan Responds to Backlash Against Proposed School Guidelines

2016-03-24 00:00:00

Amy Hunter, Coordinator of the ACLU Transgender Advocacy Project, today issued the following statement addressing the State of Michigan Board of Education Statement and Guidance on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students.

We strongly urge that the Michigan Department of Education adopt in full the draft guidelines from the State Board of Education and that local school districts statewide implement them.

Michigan Education System Ethics, Transparency Laws Need Overhaul

Michigan Education System Ethics, Transparency Laws Need Overhaul

2015-12-07 00:00:00

Last month, Michigan received the dubious distinction of ranking dead last in the nation for state ethics and transparency laws. The State received an “F” based on the weaknesses of these laws and the systems in place to enforce them, which were collectively deemed “An honor system with no honor.”

ACLU of Michigan Sues EAA for Details About Special-Education Services

ACLU of Michigan Sues EAA for Details About Special-Education Services

2015-05-05 00:00:00

Concerned over a lack of transparency from the state-run Education Achievement Authority, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced this week that it has filed a lawsuit against the controversial school district in an effort to learn details of the specific special-education services provided to district students under a multimillion-dollar deal between the EAA and Futures Education of Michigan.

ACLU of Michigan Urges Public School District to Remove Religion from Job Posting

ACLU of Michigan Urges Public School District to Remove Religion from Job Posting

2015-03-03 00:00:00

GRAND RAPIDS — Warning against the unconstitutional use of religious beliefs as employment criteria in public education, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan in a letter today urged administrators in the McBain school district to remove from a job posting a requirement that superintendent candidates have “a strong Christian background and philosophy.”

UPDATE: After receiving our letter, the McBain School District removed the reference to “a strong Christian background and philosophy” from its job listing.

New Report: Misguided School Disciplinary Policies Hurt Students, Fail to Make Students Safer

New Report: Misguided School Disciplinary Policies Hurt Students, Fail to Make Students Safer

2015-01-29 00:00:00

DETROIT — Subjected to both harsh zero tolerance policies and an increasing police presence on campuses, public school students in Michigan are being suspended, expelled and arrested at an alarming rate for even the most minor infractions, according to a report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

Harsh Discipline Pushes Students Out, But Fails to Make Schools Safer

Harsh Discipline Pushes Students Out, But Fails to Make Schools Safer

2015-02-03 00:00:00

In Michigan, our current approach to school discipline is driving far too many public-school students—especially students of color—out of the classroom. In many cases, these children wind up booted out of state public-school districts altogether. Far too often, they also wind up in handcuffs.

And in most cases, the discipline policies do little to actually make schools safer.

ACLU Blasts Appeals Court Ruling That Government Not Obligated to Provide Quality Public Education to Schoolchildren

ACLU Blasts Appeals Court Ruling That Government Not Obligated to Provide Quality Public Education to Schoolchildren

2014-11-07 00:00:00

DETROIT – In a blow to schoolchildren statewide, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the State of Michigan has no legal obligation to provide a quality public education to students in the struggling Highland Park School District.

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In the wake of recent laws dramatically reworking Michigan’s previously harsh “zero tolerance” student discipline policies, a group of eight organizations is...
Amy Hunter, Coordinator of the ACLU Transgender Advocacy Project, today issued the following statement addressing the State of Michigan Board of Education...
May 05, 2015 Education
Concerned over a lack of transparency from the state-run Education Achievement Authority, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced this week...
March 03, 2015 Education
GRAND RAPIDS — Warning against the unconstitutional use of religious beliefs as employment criteria in public education, the American Civil Liberties Union of...
February 03, 2015 Education
In Michigan, our current approach to school discipline is driving far too many public-school students—especially students of color—out of the classroom. In...
January 29, 2015 Education
DETROIT — Subjected to both harsh zero tolerance policies and an increasing police presence on campuses, public school students in Michigan are being suspended...
November 14, 2014 Education
You might expect Atiya Haynes to be downhearted. After all, the 17-year-old honor student and community volunteer was suspended for the rest of her senior...
November 07, 2014 Education
DETROIT – In a blow to schoolchildren statewide, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the State of Michigan has no legal obligation to provide a...
August 01, 2014 Education
YPSILANTI, Mich. – In a letter to school officials today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan raised serious concerns regarding Arbor Preparatory...
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan expressed dismay and concern today after attending the Highland Park Renaissance Academy...
June 20, 2013 Education
DETROIT – In briefs filed today in the class-action lawsuit challenging the quality of education Highland Park students receive, the American Civil Liberties...
June 13, 2013 Education
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today blasted Ann Arbor Public Schools’ decision to charge students $100 per semester to take...
January 19, 2012 Education
DETROIT – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Plymouth-Canton Community School District to respect the constitutional...
June 21, 2011 Education
Benton Harbor, Mich. – In a settlement finalized today, a Lake Michigan College student who was expelled because he is listed on the sex offender registry will...
March 16, 2011 Education
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded a decision by the South Haven Public Schools to adopt comprehensive policies that...
March 01, 2011 Education
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A group of more than 60 concerned parents, educators and community leaders, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, sent a...
January 28, 2003 Education
In response to a discovery request, the state of Michigan on October 16 produced a data file of the Michigan Merit Award Scholarship qualifiers and non-...
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